You'll recall that last October friend Craig came and trimmed some trees for me.
The front crab was brought down by at least 1/3 in height and weight.
I got this tree trimmed in 2011 and remember some suckering the next year.
I was NOT prepared for the masses of suckering it's throwing up this year! Good grief.
The canopy is so thick with suckers very little light is coming through. No big deal there, but those suckers will weaken the tree.
Not only upstairs, but on the trunk and downstairs around the area is rife with suckers, like deep ground cover. I'm having to clip like crazy. Que sera sera as they say. Also of note, the canopy has stretched sideways a bit and is only a short span away from touching the foyer wall. I like that. A wide canopy shades the bay window and provides me with visual interest from inside.
Something else happening this spring. Last year was wet wet wet and I seldom had to water anything until well into July. This April was a measly 4" and may (thanks to .7" yesterday) has only reached the 3" mark. Yet things are doing so well!!
I finally took note of the growth a couple days ago when I went out to toss some deer deterent (Milorganite) on vulnerable plants: Geeze, lookit how thick the daylillies are behind the privacy fence. And the transplants there too. *sprinkle sprinkle* Over in the arbor bed daylillies et al were very vigorous. The phlox looked really good. *toss toss* And wow, look up front. Those varigated hostas under the rhody are outstanding! *sprinkle toss*
And really, the new crabapple shade bed. I only planted that up last spring. It's filled out like it's been there for years! *throw*
Up front things are just crazy there too. I know one of the hosta is bigger because there is no Snow Queen oakleaf hydrangea againt the house anymore (still sad about that). *toss lots on the hostas, astilbes, sedums, pulmonaria, Japanese painted fern, stormy seas huechera*
Well, there ya go. Lots of deer deterent all around. Seems to work well in conjunction with those smelly Bounce dryer sheets.
Still a real puzzle though why things are doing so well with such a cold May and so little rain. Oh well, some things are just -- unknowable...***
*** Honestly, I actually didn't figure it out until just yesterday. What a maroon. DOH!